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Living on a diet of fried Spam, vodka, sardines, cupcakes, and Southern Comfort, Andrew Whittaker is slowly being sucked into the morass of middle age. A negligent landlord, small-time literary journal editor, and aspiring novelist, he is--quite literally-- authoring his own downfall. From his letters, diary entries, and fragments of fiction, to grocery lists and posted signs, this novel is a collection of everything Whittaker commits to paper over the course of four critical months.
Beginning in July, during the economic hardships of the Nixon era, we witness our hero hounded by tenants and creditors, harassed by a loathsome local arts group, and tormented by his ex-wife. Determined to redeem his failures and eviscerate his enemies, Whittaker hatches a grand plan. But as winter nears, his difficulties accumulate, and the disorder of his life threatens to overwhelm him. As his hold on reality weakens and his schemes grow wilder, his self-image as a placid and slow-moving sloth evolves into that of a bizarre and frantic creature driven mad by solitude.
In this tragicomic portrait of a literary life, Sam Savage proves that all the evidence is in the writing, that all the world is, indeed, a stage, and that escape from the mind's prison requires a command performance.
Title: The Cry of the Sloth
Edition: Signed Limited Edition
Publisher: Minneapolis, Coffee House Press: 2009
ISBN Number: 1566892317
ISBN Number 13: 9781566892315
Book Condition: Fine
Item: 1.00 Item
Seller ID: 000979
Description: 224pp. 5.25" x 8". Black velvet cover with silver gilt lettering on front and spine. No jacket as issued. Signed by the author on special Indiespensable limitation page. This is # 10 of 800 copies. Book is tight and unread. Publishers Weekly called this novel a "scathingly funny epistolary pastiche."